Her most recent posting is, "How to say you're sorry in Italian" (click on title for link) Bellissima. It's always nice to know how to show a sign of grace when up against the odds. To her - exhaustive - and highly accurate list of expressions, I would also add one more:
Permesso? or, Con Permesso?
Although this is more like an Excuse Me versus an I'm Sorry.
Nonetheless, it comes in very handy. One should use it when entering a room, any room, even if it's someone you know very well (like a boyfriend's house and especially his parents' place). It's asking permission to enter, or like an 'Excuse Me' when spoken on a bus, in a crowded area, or even before barging into a meeting.
|picture from Cliff Robbins speaks business blog|
Say you're sorry and you'll be going down as fast as the Titanic.
In fact in Italy, you will be hard-pressed to ever hear the words spoken by anyone - in any given situation. It's as if, as related by TV personality & business blog commentator Cliff Robbins, people followed John Wayne's advice that apologizing is a sign of weakness. In fact, just the opposite is true but this is a cultural difference worth noting for future reference.
In any case, as I conclude in my book:
The old adage that “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” must have been born in Italy, the country of Amore.
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Cliff Robbins has been doing a television show called Fox Robbins since 2009.
To view past episodes visit: Fox Robbins and visit Fox Robbins Business Blog on Cape Cod Today.